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When was the last time you skipped?

Last week Judah & I took a very special little girl out for her 6th birthday.  We had lunch, went to the park and then cooled off with ice cream, the makings of a great day.  While we were at the park this lovely girl couldn’t stop skipping. Judah wanted to be just like her so I tried to show him how to skip and I felt so out of my body.  When had I last skipped? Why don’t I skip anymore?  So as I made my body move as it hasn’t in a looong time, skipping came back to me and I remembered how fun it was.  Skipping is full of energy, excitement, and wonder.  I want to skip a little bit everyday.

What about you?  Skip Skip Skip to my lou…

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A Good Wife

Proverbs 31 HandFor Christmas my hubby gave me an NIV/Message Parallel Bible and I love to read it.  Since I have been studying womanhood and have been reading Proverbs – Proverbs 31 in the Message version has spoken so much to me.  It is an encouragement and a challenge for me to know that God is pleased by my efforts and yet recognize that I’m still a work in progress as He molds me into a great woman, wife and mom.  I’m so glad I’m not trying to figure this out all on my own but have the creator of it all leading me.  

Everything in the word is good but I’ve highlighted some verses that are resonating within me.

 

Proverbs 31:10-31

 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.

Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.

Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.

She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.

She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.

She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.

She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.

She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.

She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.

She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.

She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.

She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.

Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.

She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.

Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.

She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.

Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise:

“Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!”

Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.

The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.

Give her everything she deserves!

Festoon her life with praises!

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Woman's eyeI am on a study about womanhood in the Bible.  I am trying to find every verse I can on what the Bible says about being a woman, wife and mom.  I have started by reading Proverbs (and now I want to do a study on Proverbs next – such amazing life wisdom) and will most likely head to Titus next and then use some study tools to find other chapters and verses on this subject.

I am seeing how high of a calling it is to be a woman, wife and mom – something that I clearly had no concept of before.  I think in our culture there is a pressure to want to be these things but to not put all our effort into them.  But I have heard it said that “what you put into something is what you will get out of it.”  If that is true, which I believe it is, then my (women’s) focus needs to be on my home and family. That has to be my priority and where my attention, time and effort go.  Years of thoughts want to battle this God-concept and draw me towards other things that seem more “self-fulfilling” but as I read God’s word His true calling for me as a women gets ignited.  

Here’s some verses that I have been reading and chewing on – and not everything is easy to chew on 🙂 

Proverbs 18-19:  “Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.  Rejoice in the wife of your youth.  She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.  Let her breasts satisfy you always.  May you always be captivated by her love.” (New Living Translation)

Proverbs 11:16: A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him.” (Amplified)

Proverbs 11:22: “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one’s own actions or speech; prudence or decorum; wisdom).” (New International Version)

Proverbs 12:4: “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”   (New International Version)

Proverbs 14:1:  “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”  (New International Version)

 Wow!  Those are some weighty words.  God, give me the grace to live up to what you have called me to be.

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